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An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion

An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion
We live, allegedly, in a postmodern age in which we have cast aside the narrative fantasies of the pre-modern era. If postmodernism represents the final abandonment of all grand theories, where does religion stand? If religion is a particularly unbelievable form of explanation, why does it power still affect social and political change? Here, like the skeptics of our age, the author asks, What has theology ever had to say that was of the slightest use to anyone? He argues that religion without God is like a car without an engine, and draws on many aspects of human culture to offer a defense of religion that is not only credible but necessary in an age when postmodernism itself has been exposed as a cruel illusion. Read An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion

Some opinions and reviews:
“Atheists who want to know what it is they are denying and theists who wonder who they are not atheists could not do better than read John Haldane’s ‘Guide to Religion’. It is a splendid statement of fundamental issues: crisp, lucid and an invitation to argument.”
Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame

“John Haldane has produced a splendid introduction to religious thought and belief. Lucid, compelling, unafraid to confront serious intellectual challenge, and shot through with insight and illuminating detail, this is a book that will enlighten believers and unbelievers alike.”
Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

“We are in John Haldane’s debt for writing with such clarity, commonsense and wit to clear the field of spurious reasons for rejecting religious faith. Hopefully this book will be read by believer and non-believer alike.”
Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

“Like his near-antithesis, that born-again Victorian atheist Richard Dawkins, Haldane is an unashamed rationalist, objectivist and anti-postmodernist. For him things really do exist, including their author, God.”
The Guardian.

“Elegantly written, lucid and logically constructed”
The Independent.

“The breadth of Haldane’s reading in philosophy and theology…is astounding.”
The Observer.

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